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tax on alcohol goes up 3%. for more information, go to wjla.com. >>> the big holiday getaway is about to get under way. this year, the highways may not be the busiest. >> aaa says the number of holiday drivers will drop this year and a number of air travelers will increase. we go live to reagan national airport where travelers are already heading out this morning. >> that's right passengers traveling through the three area airports should brace for cross because aaa mid-atlantic says local air travel is up 22%. 784,000 dc/metro area drivers will travel by car, aaa says that is down by almost 3% from the same time last year. roads and highways should be a little less crowded even as drivers are enjoying lower gas prices. aaa says most americans will be staying close to home this year. the average distance travelled this week and will be about 573 miles which is down 7% compared to 2010. for those in the city, that will have much to look forward to. on the national mall, organizers are gearing up for the fireworks and a parade. the maryland transportation authority says it is crucial to
to be a very busy place. we got the folk line festival under way behind me, also the big fireworks show they're getting ready for on monday. two concerts on the steps of the capitol, also at the washington monument. but from coast to coast, we're talking beaches and barbecues and camping and celebration. july 1st and the 2011 great escape is on. ♪ hot fun in the summertime >> reporter: from yosemite in the west. >> i like the girls the best. >> reporter: aaa says 39 million americans will travel 59 miles or more this long weekend. that's 1 million fewer than last year. >> reporter: you can blame the pain at pump. the national average for unleaded now $3.54 a gallon, down from the high of $3.98 on may 4th. but still 80 cents higher than a year ago. >> it's still tough because we're still kind of transitioning from how high the gas prices were so we've got in the habit of not traveling as much. >> reporter: the big surprise? while fewer people are driving than a year ago, more people are flying. air travel is up 9% this summer. >> for some people, it actually may be more convenient and cheap
. that is going to be a big hot topic of political conversation well. eric cantor and john boehner and people issuing press releases the president needs to do more and shows a failure of leadership at the white house. see what the white house has to say later about it. >> the unemployment rate tick up slightly to 9.2%. >> that's going to do it for us. >>> "cnn newsroom" begins right now with kyra phillips. >>> christine, don't go far. we are talking about the disappointing news on the jobs front. >> i won't. >>> labor department reporting only 18,000 jobs were added in june. that is much worse than economists readdicted. of course, those live pictures we can't get enough of. the shuttle is fueled and the crew is suited up but the weather could still cancel today's historic law firm. we are live at kennedy space center hoping that it will take off in time. >>> an arrest in the huge hacking scandal in britain. the news that the world's former editor and the prime minister's former aide. >>> like we told you, we want to start with the jobless numbers. our christine romans, once again, back with
for their artistic seven-year-old, and they say he has made big improvements in class. >> it takes a minute to figure out, and now they are doing it in a matter of seconds. >> they are looking to find new educational applications for other students, and they hope others will donate applications to help them. and use a larger for when you are dining out. a new study from the university of utah found that when customers were given a larger portions, they 8 less food overall. -- they ate less food. having a large forked -- fork provides a clue. doctors from john hopkins and cedars sinai says that the surgeons behavior in the operating room sets the tone for the surgery. those who scored higher in civility had your post operative death and complications. and some say they try to avoid difficult doctors, even if they have a question about medication orders. >> now, your 11 insta-weather forecast. >> well, it certainly feels tropical out there this afternoon. the dewpoint climbed into the 70's, and in there, there have been some thunderstorms. like i said at the top of the show, some reports of heavy rain
economist said, ian sheped heardson said a big bucket of cold water. 18,000 jobs created overall. the estimates ranged from 80,000 to 125,000. market and economists expected more jobs creation than that. when you dig within the numbers you can see government jobs were shed. wow. thousands. 57,000 private sector jobs created but 39,000 government jobs lost. unemployment rate went up. so this tells you, kyra, bottom line, that private companies are not confident to hire in big numbers at all and the government, local and state government, because of budget cuts, continue to slash jobs. this is what the trajectory looks like. we have come from massive job losses there over about a year ago 192,000 four months of bad jobs and then you saw job created and it petered out. another thing when we dig into the numbers. you look at the revisions and what prior months were changed either higher or lower and we found another 44,000 jobs we thought had been created weren't. so it was other months revised down about 44,000. manufacturing, construction, temporary services and jobs in these areas
street is worried about washington. late wednesday moody's one of the big three credit rating agencies warning it might have to lower the rating if lawmakers don't come to an agreement on raising the debt ceiling. in the statement it said the action was prompted by the possibility that the debt limit woil not be raised in time to prevent a missed payment on u.s. bonds with a small but rising risk of ashort-lived default. economists say if the aaa rating is lowered it will throw the financial markets into chaos and the cost of borrowing would go up to everything from morlts to car loans. ben bernanke warned. >> i think the worst outcome if we don't raise the limit, at some point we default on debt and that would create as i said before, a huge financial calamity. >> reporter: sources say the president knew about the moody's warning as he headed into wednesday meeting which all sides describe as tense. republican majority leader eric cantor cited the president as saying i have reached my limit. he left saying i'll see you tomorrow. the two sides couldn't even agree about what happened in
in iowa. she basically kicked off her bus tour in iowa today. so this is going to be a big deal for her and her supporters who are here. and later she's going to be going to an iowa cubs baseball game and talk to supporters and voters there as well. >> so she's on a bus tour, is it all iowa all the time this weekend? where is she going? apparently shannon can't hear me, we'll get back to shannon travis, he's reporteding for us live in iowa. >>> a political note for you, the presidential seal fell off the white house limousine this weekend while he was on his way to the airport. a philly police officer found the seal alongside route 76, he returned to the secret schlts. >>> closing arguments set to begin tomorrow in the murder case that has millions watching. what you can expect. the lawyers to say and what our legal expert thinks of the verdicts, we'll have that for you straight ahead. >>> also more on dominique strauss-kahn and the case against him that seems to be unraveling. is he a guilty man or is he a victim here? we're asking our expert. >>> and the royal wedding that took place
, more people on the beach means more people will be out here as well into the big lesson here for parents is never let your children out of your sight. live on north avenue beach. >> a maggot mile story is targeted by burglars this morning, windows were smashed and goods stolen from the louis baton store. several purses or wallets and other leather goods from the high and store were taken, some of them sell for more than $3,000. the store was closed today. a case is solved after 54 years a seven year-old vanished with a man who enticed her with the promise of a piggyback ride back in 1957 the now 71 year-old jack makaula is charged with kidnapping and murder, the former police officer was arrested at his seattle retirement home he was an early suspect is alibi had just fallen apart he said he was on a train and an ex girlfriend found the on used train ticket. this summer holiday weekend is off to a violent start three men are dead and at least 11 other people are wounded in shootings across chicago among the victims are a man and woman sitting near the van of the 8500 block t
go to jla.com. holiday now the big today. begins this year the holidays might busiest place to be. says the number of drivers will drop this career is yersnumber o xpected to soar. good morning, mike. >> good morning. ssengers traveling through airports.area m. is just after 5:00 a. we're already seeing a lot of activity here at reagan national airport. air travel in our region is up year. ing 22% this e 784,000 people plan to of l by car this fourth uly, aa oonch says that is down from the same time last year. that's why the highways should crowded as less declining gas he prices which have dropped a quarter in the past month. aaa says most americans will stay closer to home this year. distance will be down 7% miles, compared to 20 2010. for those staying in the city, there will be plenty to look . rward to the transportation authority id choosing your travel time can make a big difference if you're heading out to the beach this weekend. if you happen to have the day off and you're watching now, that is a good start. the bridge before 10:00 a.m. in the morning or after 10:00 p.
for a big deal on the debt ceiling. meeting with congressional leaders and calling for more talks on monday with a presidential news conference ahead of it. >>> meanwhile, as you see from live pictures from new york the debt clock keeps on ticking. also inflammatory words put on paper in the form of a pledge about slavery, black children, and president obama has two presidential contenders backtracking tonight. what did they mean? >>> and the british invasion. william and kate's whirlwind trip through california. cnn traveled with the royals. one stop included l.a.'s skid row. sp and -- >> as far as i'm concerned betty ford saved my life. i went in for cocaine addiction. >> the first lady who helped save the lives of some of the most famous people in the world by turning her struggle into triumph. tonight we remember betty ford who changed the way we all view addiction and recovery. >>> good evening. i'm don lemon. the debt clock just keeps ticking up. a startling reminder of just what a dire situation we are in when it comes to ongoing deficit negotiations. unless congress raises the amoun
't get licensing for all sorts of things like fishing and what not be, and it's a big recreational state. it cost the state millions in be lost revenue from lottery sales, tax audits, park fees and licensing fees, so on and so forth, but now they can go ahead. some state officials now saying, though, it may take some time to get programs back up and running so they can be moneymakers again for the state. and those 22,000 state employees can go back to work, but it's kind of a phase-in situation. so the big headline in all of this is the longest-running state shutdown in a decade in this country now has come to a close with the governor making an agreement with leading republicans in the state of minnesota. now back to you guys. jenna: hi, everybody, so glad you're joining us today, i'm jenna lee. jon: and i'm jon scott. we are here in the fox newsroom and "happening now," brand new numbers in the race for the white house. "the wall street journal" poll shows tea party favorite michele bachmann is surging. jenna: she's not the national leader, though, that title goes to mitt romney. jon:
the road so we did not end up in this fiscal mess. >> everyone is going to the movies and a big story in the country right now and it relates to what is going on in the debt battle, the white house versus congress right now, battling, and president and cantor, reminiscent to harry potter and it ends this week. there is president obama versus speaker boehner. >> it would be terrifying if they had magical powers. how scary. >> who would be harry potter? >>dave: we will give you an idea, we compared the two in a roll out of this battle versus harry potter. look at this. >> i've been hearing from my republican friends for some time it is a moral imperative to tackle our debt and deficit in a serious way so i have said to them, let's go. >> we are in a crisis. >> i'm voting "no," on the debt ceiling. >> failing to raise the debt ceiling would be armageddon. >> i will not sign a 30-day or 60-day or 90-day extension. >> this debt limit increase is his problem. >> failure is not an option. >> this could have been avoided. >> you think you can hold the government ransom? >> we will in the supp
. republican congresswoman michele bachmann is in iowa, home to the iowa caucuses. the first big election event in 2012. cnn's shannon travis is the only reporter to speak with bachmann today, and he asked her why iowa is so important. >> iowa's the first in the nation. it's very important to be here and have a presence here because the values and the opinions that people have in iowa count. they count for the nation. so it's important that we come here. had is the bread basket of the world for a reason. this is where the food is grown, we have the best farmers in the world here in iowa. so it's important to come and listen to what people have to say in iowa and take that message back to washington, d.c. >> michele bachmann has been on a roll recently joining mitt romney in a recent iowa poll. she officially kicked off her campaign in iowa last month. >>> 4th of july celebrations in minnesota have been scaled down for this weekend. state parks, the state zoo, even race tracks are all closed right now. a budget stalemate has shut down almost all of minnesota's state business. closed signs went u
. the big problems will not go away. >> he blasted an idea that the u.s. constitution and powers the president to keep on spending, even if all goes sam goes over his credit limit 0--e ven if uncle sam goes over his credit limit. >> democrats the president obama will use the constitutional clause to continue to pay the nation's debt. issues like the debt ceiling are bound to be tweeted to the president in a town hall. this wednesday the white house will address citizens through twitter. the current white house account has more than 2 million twitter followeres. and the president is not the only one region . vice-president joe biden is working to gain the support of educators nationwide. the vice president spoke at the end of a convention of the national education association today. members of the nea will vote tomorrow on whether the union will endorse president obama for re-election. the union's endorsement is a vital and he took a swing at republicans to make his case. >> the new republican party has undertaken the most direct assault on labor, not just in my lifetime but witho
a controversial last choice option to end the stalemate. >>> how big was it? word this morning the number of possible victims involved in that hacking scandal in britain could be in the thousands. this morning one celebrity who says he was a target, hugh grant, speaks out in a live interview. >>> and we need aboat. a huge 18-foot-long saltwater crocodile leaps out of the river to the delight and terror of tourists. and the photographer who took the picture says it's no croc d the picture says it's no croc d day. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm ann curry. boy, the gloves are off in washington. the move could be more today because the president and top congressional leaders are going to go back to the negotiating table yet again. >> that's right. the republicans were not at all happy with the president's comment on tuesday. now senator mitch mcconnell has offered that last chance option. we're going to tell you what he is offering straight ahead. >>> also this morning matt, it was a deadly cras
. the big question, though, is for the prosecution team, what did they do potentially wrong here, because they were certainly very confident in their case. here is lamar lawson. >> we're disappointed with the verdict today and surprised, because we know the facts, and we put in absolutely every piece of evidence that existed. our attorney did an exemplary job. i'm proud of them and i stand by their work. i never, ever criticize a jury. theirs is the task of deciding what to believe. >> reporter: the prosecutor also said that what really hampered the case was the frequent that -- fact that the decomposition, the six months it took to find caylee's remains, really hampered the prosecution because they lost so much crime scene evidence, fingerprints, perhaps they may have found on the duct tape and the laundry bag, phil. -- bill. bill: fel keating, thank you. alisyn has more. alisyn: we need to talk more about these jurors. they left immediately after the reading. remember this was after six weeks of being sequestered and finish of -- none of them wanted to talk about their momentous decisio
and have the economy of zimbabwe. it is a big problem. i don't know why anyone who isn't an elected republican can't talk seriously about social is security and medicare and medicaid. according to obama's own treasury secretary are going to consume within 10 years, 92 cents of every federal budget dollar. that isn't a system that can last. yet, a majority of americans say don't touch social security. don't touch medicare this is what the democrats are saying. that's why you keep having these -- remember rudd man and the concorde coalition? no elected politician, republican or democrat will talk about reforming social security. >> sean: we always get the tax increases, spending cuts, reagan never came, george her burt walker bush, they never come. the idea they are going to hand it over, it is not going to happen. -- you raised a more fundamental question why they need to stand strong here. that is, philosophically, we've become -- look what happens when they put austerity measures in place in europe. look at what happened to greece. if we don't do it now the pain is going to be grea
found this really interesting. many people say that suggests these online pharmacist could be a big factor in the prescription drug problem overall. for one second i want to show you some numbers as to how big a number we're talking about here. . according to the national institute on drug abuse about 7 million people using prescription drugs for non-medical reason. in 2009 ant 3% of the population. nearly one in 12 high school seniors report non-medical use of vicodin. one in 20 say they used oxycontin. what's interesting, drew, is that 59% of those high school seniors also say they got the drugs from a friend or a relative. which brings up another question. as you've been pointing out in your reports, it's so easy to buy these drugs online. but if the pharmacies start to shut down, can people get term from their family or friends pretty easily? >> they certainly will. but i think it's the proliferation of the ease of getting these drugs. and even people who want these drugs, let's say a doctor predescribes them. but the prescription runs out. they're addicted. they want to keep it
sticking point is this issue of raising the debt limit, large enough, big enough, so that it gets us through 2012, gets us into the spring of 2013. right now, of course, the boehner bill and what republicans were supporting would have this debt limit come to another vote in the next -- >> at this point in time -- >> harry reid wants to do is simply figure out a way to satisfy the second round of deficit reduction, create a stronger trigger potentially, whatever he can come to, to get more republicans to support his way in order to get this debt limit passed 2012. i think he's going to come to an agreement. the question is, how big of an agreement is it? is it an agreement that barely gets the eight republicans he wants? or does it get 20 republicans and sends a strong, bipartisan message to make sure this thing doesn't get gummed up again in the house. >> does he have a dance partner in terms of a republican willing to negotiate? >> reporter: he's got a few dance partners potentially, but right now he's not working very well with mitch mcconnell. that's not clear. but don't be surpri
. residents of the big apple yesterday had it particularly bad. >> can hardly breathe out there. it's tough. >> reporter: some new york residents took advantage of cooling centers, as city sidewalks sizzled. >> we're getting heated from above and below and all around. in fact, in every direction. >> reporter: columbia university climate researcher says urban areas tend to hold on to heat making residents all the more miserable. but misery has plenty of company. across the nation yesterday, heat advisories were posted in more than two dozen states. oklahoma city has now had 31 days of triple-digit readings. in the south, a summer of extreme temperatures has made drought conditions even worse. but not everyone is complaining. in northern virginia where the mercury hit 100 degrees yesterday, the extreme heat didn't stop this civil war re-enactment. men wearing wool uniforms marked the 150th anniversary of the battle of bull run. >> your body after a while in the wool gets a little acclimated to the heat. >> reporter: again forecasters say today will be slightly cooler in some parts of the coun
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, but never quite so close to default. since we've been accumulating a big national debt, congress has raised the debt ceiling just 78 times. since 1960 alone. since the nation's debt reached the $1 trillion mark in the early 1980s, look at how government borrowing has skyrocketed. climbing really at an ex exponential rate. how is $14 trillion in relation to how big the economy is. it's about 95% of the size of the whole economy. we're fast approaching rates not seen since way back in world war ii and the great depression. when the size of the debt limit and the national debt was actually bigger than our gdp. this is what economists call a debt crisis. america runs by borrowing money. right now, 38 cents is borrowed money. if the debt kreeling is not raised in time, the u.s. could default on some of the payments. that's the last thing we need, recovering from a recession. >> fomdominique strauss-kahn ma face new sexual assault charges even though the case in new york is falling apart. [ male announcer ] to the seekers of things which are one of a kind. the authentic, the rare, the hard to def
to raise the debt ceiling while postponing the big debate over spending and taxes. >> everybody understands -- that is what i think of the idea. >> president obama has threatened to veto any short- term solution. >> after a moving service in california, betty ford is now back in her home state of michigan. the casket arrived this afternoon. she will lie in repose tomorrow morning at the ford museum in downtown grand rapids. thousands of people are expected to pay their final respects before tomorrows private funeral. >> she shared her life. her life was public. she shared it and it helps a lot of us. >> bill clinton, dick cheney, barbara bush or among the dignitaries expected to attend tomorrow's service. the former first lady died, on friday at the age of 93. >> the new report revealing mass of security breaches at many of the nation's airports. >> why the cost of convenience just got costlier for netflix customers. >> when i i'm around people who smoke, it bothers me in public places. >> they now banned smoking outdoors. >> thunderstorms are rolling across the state. that is going to brin
they beat the yankees on the way to the world series this community really emgraced this team big time. all these people will have to become rangers fans. the hardcore rangers fans that were there before, they're dealing with this. some people opted not to take their kids to the ballpark the next day. there was a significant group of people who decided to take their kids to the ballpark, because they wanted to make sure that they would go there and contribute to the fund that the rangers have set up in mr. stone's honor. >> joe trahan, thank you. we appreciate it. and our thoughts and prayers are with mr. stone's family and his friends tonight. i want you to listen to this now. >>> as far as i'm concerned, betty ford did save my life -- >> stevie nicks reacts to the death of betty ford. we'll take you live to los angeles for more reaction. and look back at the former first lady's legacy and impact on so many others. >>> prince william saddles up during the royal's visit. if you want information to the stories we're recovering, and you want to react to them, contact us on twitter, facebook o
. >> the problem with a mini deal is we have a maxi problem. and the big problems aren't going to go away if you cut a mini deal. it just delays the moment of truth. i would say better noun then, but if we can't we'll take the savings we can get now and relitigate this as we get closer to the election. >> reporter: he also talked about concerns that people have that the president will bypass congress all together and just raise the debt level on his own. we'll have a fair & balanced debate on why some democrats say that may be their best option. that is coming up. also republicans who are running for president being asked to sign a strict commitment to reducing our debt. this is called the cut, cap and balance pledge, and those who don't sign their names are feeling the heat. doug mcelway is live in washington with 0 more on that. >> reporter: you're going to be hearing a lot about this plan to cut, cap and balance as the senate resumes its work tomorrow after the july 4th holiday. you'll probably hear a lot about it as the republican primary season heats up as well. some pundits say it may prov
have led to a ban on fireworks for big shows, in places like arizona, alabama, florida and texas, where nearly every county has said no to fireworks. >> i love fireworks. so, it's kind of like -- i don't know. it ruined my july 4th. >> reporter: no fireworks in austin. so, the big, similar phonic concert has been canceled. >> it's disappointing for people here. >> reporter: disappointing for the people who make and sell fireworks. >> this has to be one of the most devastating for the country. and also for the firework city as a whole. >> reporter: amarillo, texas, has come up with a solution for no fireworks. it's contracted for a laser show. but the show will go on in washington.. more than 500,000 people gathering for 1 of the biggest spectacles in the country. all kicked off with a parade, that's been organized for the last 17 years by pat wilberton. what do you take away? every year you put this parade together, what does it mean to you? >> every year, we sing "god bless america," and i get chills. and the little children wave their flags. it's america. >> reporter: this is one of t
stepping down? >> reporter: well, if the idea is that rebel forces will make a big push into tripoli and force him to step aside, that's unlikely to happen any time soon. they have been making progress southwest of here. they've been battling over the city of bir al ganan. when they want to, they can outgun the rebels. there's a sense that gadhafi is doing what he can to drag this conflict on. he's holding the rebels back, but not going on the offensive, he's used a large security force to control this city. a strategy that seems to be working even with these large air strikes. >> thank you. >>> back in the u.s., the fourth of july weekend getaway is underway. while we promise not to use the word staycation, americans just aren't traveling great distances on this holiday. nbc's aditi roy joins me from santa monica. >> reporter: it seems this year we're choosing holiday destinations that are closer to our backyards. for carrie, getting away means staying at a hotel with a deal only 30 miles away. >> it's like taking a little vacation somewhere, not very far away. >> we're actually tra
this is not a big deal? $800 million of aids has been suspended. >> both sides are working together on a number of things and pakistan is not happy with the pace of delivery of assistance. americans are not happy with the pace of delivery of certain deliverables from pakistan. it happens sometimes. right now because pakistan is a fledgling democracy and everything that happens there hits the media and there's an american domestic political context in which everything becomes an issue because of the way people react to your administration. this has become -- >> the reaction in pakistan to the u.s. decision to suspend at least for now $800 million in promised aid, a spokesman for the pakistani military saying in the past, we have not been dependent -- we have not been dependent on any external support for these operations. and they will. >> in 1999 there was no aid relationship. even though the u.s. and pakistan continued to work together albeit in a limited manner. it's not a good idea. it insults the people of pakistan. >> $800 million is a lot of money that can be used to build schools here in
, the immigrant was able to tell about the big powerful man and get him in trouble. it seemed appropriate. now, it's going to turn on her. goliath is going to turn on david. >> what do you think is going to happen in the courtroom? do you think the judge will revoke bail? allow dominique strauss-kahn to leave the country? >> they will decide on terms to release bail. the $5 million bail will be lifted. his passport will be retained. he'll be able to move around the united states, not the country. it's a question of time before the charges are dropped. i think she's going to face perjury. >> let's remember, jonathan pointed this out, according to prosecutors, there's dna evidence in the case that, in fact, there was sexual contact. will this be an acknowledgement it was consensual? >> no one will ever know. if she's a liar about something, she's got to be discredited about everything. maybe it was consensual. who knows, but it's no longer a prosecutable case. you cannot keep going in court with it. it's got to be dropped. we'll never know. >> stay there. we want to talk about what's been a riveting
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